Variations of a Whole
A group exhibition of student work from Otis College of Art and Design
June 28 - August 27, 2014
Opening Reception Saturday June 28, 4-6pm
With live music by The Small Steps, and a stencil workshop with Carol Zou celebrating Rosa Parks and transit-based activism
Art school is a place where freedom of thought and self-expression flourish, where up-and-coming artists are given an opportunity to restructure codes and belief systems into their own culture. Variations of a Whole, curated by Otis alumna Jeseca Dawson (’12 Graduate Public Practice), combines the work of thirteen artists from both undergraduate and graduate programs in Fine Arts and Public Practice. The work is evidence of the students' exploration of ideas and materials, as well as their desire to manifest meaningful forms of self-expression. It exemplifies artists in the process of finding their own voice as they investigate identity, experimentation, social responsibility, art theory and the tension between human and natural production.
Artists in the exhibition: William Jon Bengtson (BFA Fine Arts), Alexia E. Bernal (BFA Fine Arts), Corinne Bernard (BFA Fine Arts), Derek Corns (BFA Fine Arts), Sean Cully (MFA Fine Arts), Janet E. Dandridge (MFA Fine Arts), Víctor Albarracín Llanos (MFA Public Practice), Laura Lindlief (BFA Fine Arts), Chelsea McCarthy (BFA Fine Arts), Angelica Sanchez (BFA Fine Arts), Yasmin Than (MFA Fine Arts), Rachel Wolfe (MFA Fine Arts), Carol Zou (MFA Public Practice)
Annetta Kapon, The Line Between Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, 2013
Eben Goff, Flood Cube, 2014
Mei Xian Qiu, Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom; Grand Canyon, 2010
Kohl King, I Fixed You, 2013
Kathryn Jacobi, Mortal Furniture #7, 2012
Nancy Jo Haselbacher, Borrowed, Mystery, Romance, and Knowledge, 2009-present
Juan Capistran and Hazel Mandujano, …my hobby is throwing stones (foolishness can move mountains), 2014
Numa Perrier, Skamokawa, 2006
Mara De Luca, Rubidoux, 2014
Kyungmi Shin, Color Blocks, 2010
Farrah Karapetian, Prone Position, 2013
Noel Korten, Alabama Hills VII, 2012
Joe Wolek, Stadium Seats, 2012
Soo Kim, (Clear as winter ice, this is your paradise), 2010
Lisa C. Soto, Interstellar Communications, 2013
Renée A. Fox, A Decadent Work, 2012
Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad
April 12 – July 27, 2014 | Opening Reception Saturday April 12, 4-6pm
Press Release | Curricular Connections | Full Schedule of Exhibition Events
Freeway Studies is a multi-year, contemporary art-focused curatorial project organized by Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, with the assistance of Jeseca Dawson, 2012-2014 Curatorial Fellow, at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design.
Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad features the work of 31 contemporary artists whose studios are located within the borders of the I-405, 110, 10, and 105 freeways in Los Angeles. Over a six-month period Linton and Dawson visited nearly 100 artists working (and often living) in the designated area and each visit is documented on the project blog: http://blogs.otis.edu/freewaystudies/inside-the-quad/. They continue to update the blog as they visit more artists in the planning of subsequent Freeway Studies exhibitions focusing on other neighborhoods.
Artists: Anna Ayeroff (‘10 Fine Arts), *Juan Capistran (‘99 Fine Arts), Miri Chais, Brian Chambers, Renée A. Fox (‘02 Fine Arts), Eben Goff, Todd Gray, Nancy Jo Haselbacher, Kathryn Jacobi, Annetta Kapon, *Farrah Karapetian, Soo Kim, Kohl King, Noel Korten, Mara De Luca, Hazel Mandujano ('10 Graduate Graphic Design) Michael Masenburg, Marina Moevs, Warren Neidich, Numa Perrier, Pam Posey, Mei Xian Qiu, Christina Sanchez (‘12 Graduate Public Practice) and Cayetano Juarez, Kyungmi Shin, Christopher Kent Schumaker, Luis Serrano (‘81 Graduate Fine Arts), Lisa C. Soto, Christopher Warner, Dana Weiser, and *Joe Wolek.
*Inside the Quad Billboard Project 2014
Freeway Studies #2 has commissioned three Inside the Quad artists to create billboards that are located near Otis: Juan Capistrán and Hazel Mandujano, Farrah Karapetian, and Joe Wolek. Billboard Project Artists sponsored by Summit Media LLC. Location map below.
Juan Capistrán and Hazel Mandujano, ...my hobby is throwing stones (foolishness can move mountains), 2014
Artist Juan Capistrán and Graphic Designer Hazel Mandujano originally designed this image collaboratively as a takeaway for the exhibition What We Want, What We Believe: Towards A Higher Fidelity at University of Texas at Austin, 2014. A stack of 1,000 sheets of paper printed with a photograph of rock texture were installed on a customized platform, referencing the print installations of artist Felix Gonzales Torres. When crumpled up, the sheets transformed into "rocks." This physical rock then became a visual reference to a photograph of one of the rocks being held up, blocking a view of the former location of the Black Panther Party headquarters in Los Angeles. The viewer would experience the object they were holding as at once in their possession and on exhibit as the focus of the photograph.
Farrah Karapetian, Prone Position, 2013
Farrah Karapetian created the photogram, Prone Position, from a reenactment of the memory of a veteran, allowing the subject to be a part of the process of depicting his own experience of warfare. Karapetian explains, "In essence the process of reenactment in the darkroom makes present for all of the players a sense of who they have been, who they can be, who they want to be, and who they are. When I install these prints in response to architecture – a veteran lying prone on a billboard to take aim, for example – the imagery begins to make meaning in real space – the space we share with the men depicted and their memories.”
Joe Wolek, Stadium Seats, 2012
In these pictures I honor specific landscape and documentary traditions by placing content front and center. What existed physically in the scene is why I made the photograph. What is referenced in the real world is that which I want the viewer to witness for interpretation. They investigate a certain underbelly of society, alluding to the fall of the brief reign of middle class culture celebrated in America and attempt to expose myths of its nostalgically cherished integrity. I point my camera at boring sites, potentially called non- locations due to their strikingly commonplace, banal and sometimes clichéd environs that initially seem not worthy of investigation. However, rather than a single exposure for a straightforward representation of the site, I use multiple frames made from telephoto lenses that are merged together creating one singular picture that forms a panoramic vista but with a compressed and tightly cropped space. They seem natural but the field of view could not be made with conventional camera techniques thus playing disturbingly with notions of peripheral vision and depth perception…(Text taken from, “On the Beaten Track: Stratigraphy of the Vernacular” by Joe Wolek)
Green: Farrah Karapetian | Yellow: Juan Capistrán and Hazel Mandujano | Pink: Joe Wolek
(From May 19 - June 15 the billboards of Farrah Karapetian and Juan Capistrán & Hazel Mandujano will not be available to view)
View Billboard Locations "Inside the Quad" in a larger map
Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books
January 25 - March 30, 2014
A group exhibition featuring approximately 120 works from Otis Millard Sheets Library’s Special Collection of 2,100 artists books dating from the 1960s to the present. The Otis Artists‘ Book Collection is one of the largest in Southern California. It houses a wide range of works representing every genre of artists‘ books by such luminaries as Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, and Ed Ruscha, as well as significant works from major centers of production like Beau Geste Press, Paradise Press, Printed Matter, Red Fox Press, and Woman‘s Studio Workshop. A foundational strength of the collection is its holdings of artists books made in the 1960s and 1970s—a time when this material was often not collected by libraries because so much of it was hard to define, catalog and house. The exhibition also includes a reading room showcasing new work produced by students in the fall 2013 semester.
Work by: Kim Abeles, Sally Alatalo, Booklyn Artists Alliance, Ant Farm, Emily Artinian, Molly Barker, Michael Bartalos, Carol June Barton, Larry Bell, Barbara Bloom, Sarah Bryant, David Bunn, Chris Burden, Macy Chadwick, Rebecca Chamlee, Julie Chen, Laurie Whitehill Chong, C&C Press/Matt Cohen and Sher Zabaszkiewicz, Billy Collins, Critical Art Ensemble, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Johanna Drucker, Mary Beth Edelson, Sam Erenberg, Carol Es, Daniel Essig, Eugene Feldman, Fly, Charles Henri Ford, Annette Gates, Cheri Gaulke, Amy Gerstler, Conrad Gleber, Fred Hagstrom, Karen Hanmer, Romano Hänni, George Herms, Dick Higgins, Tatana Kellner, Ronald King, Susan E. King, Ellen Knudson, Karen S. Kunc, Cynthia Lollis, Ken Leslie, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Margot Lovejoy, Sue Maberry, Barbara Maloutas, Cynthia Marsh, Scott McCarney, Paul McCarthy, Marshall McLuhan, Clifton Meador, Bruce Nauman, Katherine Ng, Bonnie Thompson Norman, Robert Oberhand, Dain Olsen, Lisa Onstad, Dennis Oppenheim, Laura Owens, Gary Panter, Werner Pfeiffer, Amy Pirkle, Arnoldo Pomodoro, Rachel Rosenthal, Sue Ann Robinson, Dieter Roth, Edward Ruscha, Niki de Saint Phalle, David Sandlin, Wilbur H. Schilling, Carolee Schneemann, Anat Shalev, Buzz Spector, Annie Sprinkle, Jana Sim, Alexis Smith, Jessica Spring, David Stairs, Gary Sweeney, Jennifer Tee, Barbara Tetenbaum, Beth Thielen, Fred Tomaselli, Rae Trujillo, Jeffrey Vallance, Paul Vangelisti, Kara Walker, Pamela S. Wood, J. Meejin Yoon, Philip Zimmermann, Marilyn Zornado.
Press Release | Video
Binding Desire Exhibition Catalogue: iBook (iBooks 250mb) PDF (43mb) Page Reader (pop-up)
Single-sheet artists books commissioned for the exhibition:
Hazel Mandujano Emphasis On Brief Moments of Intense Truths
Jenna Rodriguez Extinct
Bonnie Thompson Norman Freedom of the Press
Top image: Azusa: A Sequel, Paul Vangelisti and Rebecca Chamlee, Pie in the Sky Press, 2009